For those of you maintainers that work on trails that travel near or through populated areas? What is the best practice in you experience to get people to donate land or allow easements through their property for trail?

I am with the FMST, and we have lots of trail that is still road routed through rural and farming communities?

We have had meetings with communities to discuss help and support for the trail. We do have a lot of people along the road routes that support hikers with camping and transportation. And those who allow hikers access usually let the trail go around the edge of their property or use farm roads.

But their is still lots of talking to do. Any advice on how to schmooze the locals to get trail through private property?